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Pennsylvania panel to examine drilling impacts on poor communities

Pennsylvania’s Office of Environmental Justice, all but moribund during the administration of then-Gov. Tom Corbett, gets new life this week with the appointment of a director and a mandate to review, for the first time, shale gas facilities that could increase the health and environmental risks in poor and minority communities. Whether those expanded reviews will reduce those risks in ...

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Alaska legislature to convene special session on gas issues

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Legislature is set to convene for its third special session this year, this time to consider a buyout of one of the state’s partners on a proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project. Legislators had been expecting a fall special session to deal with gas-line issues, but they will not be presented with contracts as once ...

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Interior Department curbing future Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Interior Department says it will not extend Arctic offshore leases held by Royal Dutch Shell and other companies in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she’s also cancelling new lease sales tentatively scheduled for the next two years. The decision significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling. Shell announced ...

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Texas city eyes contingency plan for economic changes

The boom has been good to the Coastal Bend. It’s lured jobs and high-profile industrial projects to the port and the oil field. Sales taxes and property values swelled. But a drop in anticipated sales tax growth during the past year — amounting to a $4.8 million shortfall in expected revenue for the city’s general fund — has some officials ...

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Iowa group seeks more permit oversight for pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa — A group that opposes a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa is asking a federal agency’s regional office to be more stringent in issuing permits to a private company seeking access to waterways in the path of the project, and members say the request highlights their concern over varied oversight in the approval process. Iowa Citizens for ...

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Reworked ND budget unlikely despite decreased oil dollars

BISMARCK, N.D. — Depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling have decreased North Dakota’s expected tax collections by about $60 million in in the first three months of the state’s current budget cycle, but the governor and the state’s top budget writer have said it’s too early to consider trimming spending plans. With about $6 billion in various ...

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Invenergy: KOZ was not condition of land deal

If all goes as Invenergy plans, its Jessup plant will operate for five years without paying property taxes until 2023, when the latest round of Keystone Opportunity Zones expire. The Keystone Opportunity Zone is a policy tool designed to spur development on land that might otherwise sit empty. They require approvals by all local taxing entities and the state Department ...

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Some seeking Ohio records on Kasich end up empty-handed

You tend to attract attention when you run for president of the United States. From The New York Times to Buzzfeed to pro-Democratic groups, the office of Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been inundated with public-records requests. Journalists and special-interest and opposition researchers are digging to find out more about the Republican who aspires to the Oval Office. But, more ...

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Expand pact to include fair taxation

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia wisely agreed last week to cooperate in many ways to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica shales gas development. But the agreement signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio does not address taxation, a major issue across the gas field. The compact pledges ...

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Less Texas coal shut down under revised clean power plan

FORT WORTH, Texas — The federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide would shut down far fewer coal-fired plants in Texas than originally estimated, the state’s biggest electric distribution grid operator said in a report released Friday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that 4,000 megawatts of coal-fired power, or one in four plants, would shut down, sharply down ...

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